Posts Tagged ‘free speech’

Mayor demands pastors turn over sermons Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both Read more

Free speech in the age of YouTube Comments 0

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Companies are usually accountable to no one but their shareholders. Internet companies are a different breed. Because they traffic in speech — rather than, say, corn syrup or warplanes — they make decisions every day about what kind of expression is allowed where. And occasionally they come under pressure to explain how they decide, on Read more

What sort of misanthrope campaigns for the ‘right to die’? Comments 0

Friday, March 30th, 2012

It says a lot about the opinion-forming classes that pretty much the only right they get excited about these days is the “right to die”. They treat the right to free speech as a negotiable commodity which may be snatched away from un-PC people. They have given the nod to the watering down of other Read more

In search of the civilized in today’s anonymous culture Comments 0

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This column is late. Months late. Years late, actually. But I admit that it writes itself in my head almost every day. This month, there were two separate situations that require it be said rather than simply thought. Last week, Rush Limbaugh, popular voice of far-right politics, used his position on the airwaves to insult, Read more